June 17, 2004 - New York's Government Is Broken, Voters Say 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Constitutional Convention Must Fix It
By a 67 - 25 percent margin, New York State voters say state government is broken and must be fixed, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters say 47 - 43 percent that the State Legislature is not capable of reforming itself, and 52 - 34 percent that there should be a constitutional convention to reform state government.

The state's failure to pass a budget by the April 1 deadline is a "very serious problem," 55 percent of voters say, while 34 percent say, "somewhat serious;" 7 percent say "not very serious" and 3 percent say "not a problem at all," the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Gov. George Pataki is most responsible for the state's failure to pass a budget, 35 percent of voters say, as 13 percent say Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is most responsible, with 10 percent blaming Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno and 23 percent saying all three are equally to blame. While Gov. Pataki gets a 47 - 41 percent approval, Silver gets a split 30 - 31 percent approval, with 38 percent undecided, and Bruno gets a negative 29 - 32 percent score, with 40 percent undecided.

"Two-thirds of New York State voters say our state government is broken, but there is only lukewarm support for allowing the State Legislature to put itself together again and only the slimmest majority for calling a constitutional convention to do the job," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Voters disapprove 51 - 29 percent of the way the State Legislature is doing its job, but approve 54 - 24 percent of their State Assembly member, and 58 - 25 percent of their State Senator.

"When asked to rate Albany politicians, voters say their own legislators are pretty good, while the legislative leaders are not so good and the legislature overall is pretty bad," Carroll said.

Sexual misconduct in the State Legislature is a "very serious problem," 28 percent of voters say, while 28 percent say, "somewhat serious;" 17 percent say "not very serious" and 13 percent say "not a problem at all." There is little difference between men and women in their responses.

New York State legislators are no more or less corrupt than those in other states, 69 percent of voters say, while 17 percent say they are more corrupt and 5 percent say less corrupt.

Only 2 percent of voters say the overall quality of New York State government is "excellent," while 44 percent say "good;" 35 percent say "not so good," and 17 percent say, "poor."

"Men and women in New York agree that sexual misconduct is a serious problem in Albany," Carroll said. "When it comes to corruption, most voters put their legislature on a par with other states.

"You might ask about that 2 percent who think our government is excellent: Who are those people?"

From June 9 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,466 New York State registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                           
                      App     Dis     DK/NA   


Jun 17, 2004 29 51 20 Jun 25, 2003 32 51 17

TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?
                           
                      App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 17, 2004          30      31      38
Nov 6, 2003           32      29      39 
Oct 2, 2003           35      26      39 
Jun 25, 2003          33      25      42
Apr 23, 2003          33      27      40




TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?
                           
                      App     Dis     DK/NA


Jun 17, 2004 29 32 40 Nov 6, 2003 33 25 42 Oct 2, 2003 36 25 39 Jun 25, 2003 32 25 43 Apr 23, 2003 30 27 43



5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Approve 29% 35% 27% 26% 26% 31% 26% Disapprove 51 50 53 50 57 47 56 DK/NA 20 16 20 24 17 23 18

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 25% 27% 26% 32% 28% Disapprove 60 60 60 44 48 DK/NA 15 13 14 24 25



8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheldon Silver is handling his job as State Assembly Speaker?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Approve 30% 27% 34% 28% 28% 32% 34% Disapprove 31 38 28 29 41 23 28 DK/NA 38 36 38 43 32 44 38

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 24% 30% 28% 36% 24% Disapprove 35 33 34 27 34 DK/NA 42 37 38 37 42



9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joseph Bruno is handling his job as State Senate Majority Leader?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Approve 29% 37% 27% 24% 28% 29% 31% Disapprove 32 28 33 34 38 26 27 DK/NA 40 36 40 42 34 44 42

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 30% 35% 34% 26% 23% Disapprove 28 30 29 34 32 DK/NA 42 35 37 40 44



10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state assembly member is handling their job?
                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Approve 54% 54% 56% 51% 52% 55% 54% Disapprove 24 23 24 26 28 22 28 DK/NA 22 22 21 23 20 23 18

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 48% 59% 56% 50% 56% Disapprove 32 27 28 22 22 DK/NA 19 15 16 28 23



11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way your state senator is handling their job?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Approve 58% 54% 64% 54% 56% 60% 57% Disapprove 25 27 20 29 27 23 30 DK/NA 17 19 16 18 17 17 13

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Approve 57% 59% 58% 58% 58% Disapprove 29 27 28 22 24 DK/NA 14 14 14 20 18



19. Overall, how would you rate the quality of state government in New York State? Excellent, good, not so good, or poor?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Excellent 2% 3% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% Good 44 52 43 41 43 46 44 Not so good 35 30 37 37 33 37 37 Poor 17 14 15 19 21 13 16 DK/NA 2 1 3 1 1 3 1

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Excellent 0% 3% 2% 1% 2% Good 32 43 40 46 50 Not so good 42 33 36 35 35 Poor 22 20 21 15 12 DK/NA 3 1 1 3 1



20. Compared to most other states is the quality of state government in New York State better, worse, or is it about the same?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Better 18% 20% 20% 17% 20% 17% 16% Worse 23 25 20 24 26 20 25 About the same 46 43 48 45 43 48 48 DK/NA 13 12 12 14 11 15 11

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Better 11% 11% 11% 22% 26% Worse 30 31 31 19 14 About the same 46 46 46 45 46 DK/NA 14 12 12 14 14



21. Some people say that state government in New York state is broken and needs to be fixed. Do you agree or disagree?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Agree 67% 60% 74% 65% 67% 68% 72% Disagree 25 34 18 27 26 24 22 DK/NA 8 6 9 8 7 9 6

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Agree 82% 71% 74% 66% 56% Disagree 13 23 20 24 36 DK/NA 6 6 6 10 8



22. Do you think the state legislature is capable of reforming itself or not?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Yes 43% 42% 49% 35% 37% 48% 44% No 47 49 42 52 57 38 50 DK/NA 10 8 9 14 7 13 7

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 40% 41% 41% 47% 40% No 54 51 52 39 50 DK/NA 6 8 7 14 10



23. Do you think there should be a constitutional convention to reform state government or not?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Yes 52% 43% 58% 53% 51% 53% 56% No 34 43 29 34 38 31 33 DK/NA 14 15 12 13 10 16 11

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Yes 57% 52% 53% 56% 44% No 31 35 34 29 44 DK/NA 11 13 12 15 13



31. Do you think that state legislators in New York State are more corrupt than those in other states, less corrupt, or is there really no difference?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


More corrupt 17% 17% 16% 17% 19% 14% 17% Less corrupt 5 4 5 5 5 5 3 No difference 69 73 69 69 69 70 73 DK/NA 9 7 10 8 7 11 7

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

More corrupt 17% 15% 16% 18% 15% Less corrupt 4 5 4 5 4 No difference 71 71 71 65 73 DK/NA 8 9 9 11 8



32. Do you think sexual misconduct in the state legislature is a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not very serious, or not a problem at all?

                                                                      HvKidsIn
                      Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom     PubSch


Very serious prob 28% 28% 27% 27% 26% 29% 26% Smwht serious 28 30 29 27 28 29 28 Not very serious 17 18 18 17 19 15 19 Not a prob at all 13 10 13 14 14 11 13 DK/NA 14 13 13 15 12 16 13

UpState..... UpState Urban Othr Total NYC Sub

Very serious prob 29% 25% 26% 33% 23% Smwht serious 27 27 27 29 31 Not very serious 15 21 19 14 19 Not a prob at all 14 13 13 13 12 DK/NA 15 15 15 12 16